Yoshino Cherry tree with damage

Asked January 4, 2020, 9:25 AM EST

Hello, we have a yoshino flowering cherry tree for three years and two years it developed damage to one side of its bark. The damage seemed to be very slowly growing over time, and it's current appearance is shown in the images. Is there something that we can do to help the tree heal? Thank you in advance.

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

That looks like an old abiotic/mechanical injury. We cannot say what caused the damage on the trunk. Could be due to a type of mechanical damage (wiring, lawnmower, string trimmer, etc.) The tree will not recover and we recommend replacement.